So do I have some digital literacy’s? I don´t know, I´m too busy just to keep up and keep me connected all of the time. It takes some time just to keep track of your relatives and friends on Face book, Messenger, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, LinkedIn. Then you trying to keep with the news and read perhaps two or three different news channels and then there is weather forecast, and what have the kids had to lunch today at school and have the kids sign in at school and have I synced my smart bracelet – how many steps have I walked today? How about my email in the five different accounts I have. And I just have to check in on eBay to look if there is something I need (or don´t). So it´s nearly a fulltime job just to keep up with the news, the e-mails and connecting to friends and relatives. Above all these you should write something on your blog and on your own homepage. So when shall you actually do some work?
I believe that to some people it´s important to make a difference between professional and private use of the Internet. But I don´t know if that is so important to me. I don´t think it´s possible to have your private and professional life separated, I think they all mix up on the Internet. For an example, if you Google on my name first you find some pages at my work at Blekinge Institute of Technology, then there is some pages with my home address, some pictures of me (and some that is defiantly not me), me in the PBL network, some announcement about birth of my children, ONL162, some report I have written, my PhD-thesis, some bachelor-thesis I have supervised, some conference I have attended and so on. A mix between private and professional life and that´s how it is on the Internet.
No, I don´t think it´s a good idea to have private contact with students, but I think it´s impossible to image that you can keep your private life away from your professional.
So do I have some digital literacy’s? Well not in the way that my children (now 6-9 years of age) will have since they have and will grow up with the Internet in a way I haven´t. I got my first computer in 1985 and I got my first peek at Internet in 1992-1993, but I didn´t quite understand the Internet then. I became a frequent Internet-user in 1996 and during my first years I even had some short course on how to search and use the Internet for teachers and researches when I was a PhD-student.
If you look at the “theory” of “visitors and residents” on the Internet explained by White et al (2011) I see it as you constantly move from visitor to resident as well between personal and institutional (professional) on the Internet, there is no visible borders in between. I do think that your private and professional life influence and interact with each other in the real life, so why shouldn´t also do so on the Internet.
White, D. & Le Cornu, A. (2011) Visitors and residents: A new typology for online engagement. First Monday, 16(9).
David White: Visitors and residents (part 1) http://youtu.be/sPOG3iThmRI
David White: Visitors and residents – Credibility (part 2) http://youtu.be/kO569eknM6U